Vaccines: A Simple Way to Discover the Truth

An important new bill requires our support. Action Alert!

Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) has introduced a bill that would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive study comparing health outcomes in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.

This is an incredibly important bill. The number of immunizations given to young children has increased dramatically over the years. By the age of two, children in 1950 received five shots; today, children receive as many as twenty-seven shots before their second birthday, with multiple shots often given in the same visit.

Public health officials insist that all of this is safe. You would think that such confidence would be underpinned by rigorous tests confirming the safety of vaccines, their ingredients, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) schedule in general. The astounding truth is that in many cases this safety testing has simply not been done. The National Academy of Medicine, which advises the government on issues relating to medicine and health, concluded in 2013 that “Key elements of the [CDC] schedule—the number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccines—have not been systematically examined in research studies.” Our coverage of aluminum adjuvants in vaccines also found safety testing conspicuously lacking.

Doctors and public health officials tell parents with kids injured by vaccines that there is no proof of causality between the injury and the administration of a vaccine. Clearly, determining causality can be complicated, especially since vaccinations tend to be given at the same ages as neurological and developmental disorders can first emerge in children.

The obvious solution would be to study the matter thoroughly to get to the bottom of it—yet no comprehensive studies comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated kids have been done. The studies that have been undertaken – such as the two papers led by Professor Anthony Mawson that we reported on earlier this year, suggest that vaccinated kids are, on the whole, sicker than unvaccinated kids.

Another reason for the lack of evidence is that attempts to publish this kind of work are usually met with vitriol and calls for retraction, as we’ve seen with Andrew Wakefield and his 1998 Lancet paper.

There is a growing movement to force vaccinations on the US public, either through eliminating exemptions to vaccination or by mandating certain vaccines for children to attend school. If those who wish to force vaccinations on families are so confident that vaccines are safe, why not do the science? What are they afraid of?

Action Alert! Write to your Member of Congress and tell him or her to support HR 3615. Please send your message immediately.

 

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Opioid Crisis?

Or government profiteering crisis? Action Alert!

Last week, President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued a preliminary report recommending several steps to address opioid addiction. The situation is truly a crisis – 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose, a toll equal to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks taking place every three weeks.

The report convinced President Trump to declare a national emergency, allowing the administration to waive some federal rules, such as one that restricts where Medicaid recipients can receive addiction treatment. The Commission called for increased education for medical professionals who can prescribe opioids, expanded access to drug treatment for those on Medicaid, and the increased use of medication-assisted treatments.

Any strategy to address a public health scourge such as this must be wide-ranging, but what is barely mentioned in the report is the need for safe, cost-effective, non-addictive alternatives to opioids to be made more accessible for those in chronic pain who need them. Ironically, the government has actually threatened to curtail consumer access to one such alternative.

That alternative is cannabidiol oil, or CBD. As we’ve reported before, CBD oil is an extract of the hemp and marijuana plants that does not have any psychoactive properties but has been shown to have beneficial effects on pain, inflammation, seizures, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently classified CBD oil as a Schedule I controlled substance, a category that includes heroin, mescaline, and MDMA. Since this ruling, there have been reports that PayPal and other credit card processors are no longer taking payments for CBD oil.

Importantly, CBD oil is safe and non-addictive, which cannot be said for other approved pain relievers. Aspirin can cause internal bleeding; the now-banned Vioxx caused heart disease; fentanyl, which is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, can kill you, and opioids, as we know, can lead to addiction and death.

In a sane health system, cheap, safe, non-addictive, natural alternatives to dangerous FDA-approved drugs would be welcomed with open arms. The DEA, however, says that CBD oil is in the same class as heroin and the FDA says that CBD oil isn’t a supplement, meaning that the axe could drop on CBD oil products whenever the FDA feels like it.

Even as America experiences a 9/11 sized death toll every three weeks, the government doesn’t just ignore a safe and natural alternative—it sets the stage to hand this treatment over to a drug company to form a monopoly and deny consumers easy access.

Action Alert! If you haven’t already, click below to send a message to your senators and representative in Congress to support bills that help maintain consumer access to CBD oil, with a copy to President Trump to include CBD oil as part of his response to the opioid crisis. Please send your message immediately.

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EPA Generates its Own Pollution

Courts reprimand agency for giving big companies a pass on animal waste.

Following a recent court case, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – more commonly known as factory farms or animal feeding lots – will have to report their air pollution emissions.

Earlier this year, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declared illegal a 2008 EPA rule exempting most CAFOs from reporting releases of certain levels of hazardous substances into the air to be illegal. Judge Stephen Williams wrote in the decision that the EPA does not have “carte blanche to ignore the statute whenever it decides the reporting requirements aren’t worth the trouble.”

Before that EPA rule was put in place, federal law required CAFOs, like all other industries, to notify the government when toxic pollution levels exceeded public safety thresholds.

The EPA’s rationale for letting CAFOs off the hook was that because a federal response to the reports would be “impractical and unlikely,” the pollution reports themselves would serve no purpose. That’s a telling statement from an agency whose mandate is to protect our environment!

Quick background: most of the air pollution from animal feeding operations comes from manure. And there’s a lot of it – the amount of urine and feces produced by the smallest CAFOs is equivalent to that produced by 16,000 humans. As it breaks down, manure produces many substances that are regulated under the Clean Air Act: such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, nitrous oxide, and volatile organic compounds.

These pollutants can be dangerous. Ammonia and hydrogen sulfide can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory tract. Methane is generally non-toxic but can become toxic if mixed with other substances (and it is a greenhouse gas). In the words of the Court, “people have become seriously ill and even died” from CAFO emissions.

The CAFO industry does not want transparency. We reported recently that the EPA, National Pork Producers Council, and the American Farm Bureau reached a settlement that allowed EPA to release only the most limited information about the location of CAFOs. Moreover, after intense lobbying from the meat industry in 2012, the agency decided to not even count how many CAFOs are operating in the US.

We hope that a spotlight can now be placed on these factory farms that have for so long operated in the shadows with the help of government collusion. Environmental groups have now filed a petition with the EPA to overhaul its regulations for how CAFOs are treated under the Clean Water Act, but if this leads anywhere it will likely have to be through the courts.

 

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More Autism Than Previously Thought?

Are we vastly undercounting the girls?

A government study carried out in 2015 claims the rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be as high as 1 in 45 children between the ages of 3 and 17. Rates of autism and other developmental disabilities have ballooned as much as 78% in recent years, with no signs of abating. Stephenie Seneff, PhD, an MIT research scientist, has predicted that half of all children will be autistic by 2025.

This sounds bad enough, but it gets worse.

Autism is predominantly associated with boys. Some estimate the boy/girl ratio to be 16:1. Other estimates put the ratio at 3:1. A growing body of evidence, however, is suggesting that girls have ASD at higher rates than previously thought and are being significantly under-diagnosed.

There is no medical test to diagnose ASD. Rather, doctors observe a child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. Researchers are beginning to think that girls are better at “social camouflaging”—they have ASD but don’t exhibit the same behaviors as boys.

One study looked at how autistic boys and girls acted on the school playground. The boys clearly stood out as different, isolated from their peers, off by themselves. Girls with autism behaved differently, making it look like they were playing when in fact they were not socially connecting.

If this finding holds up, the overall rate of autism could be far higher than what we’ve been told—a scary prospect given the already alarming rates of childhood developmental disorders.

 

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A Gut Check for Autism

Even mainstream science is realizing the importance of the gut microbiome to autism and healthy child development.

Dr. Stephenie Seneff’s autism research has focused on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the most ubiquitous herbicide in the world. The side effects of autism, she found, closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity. The steadily rising use of Roundup on American lawns and farms closely correlates to the rising tide of autism.

But the problem probably goes beyond glyphosate. You may recall our story on the CDC whistleblower who revealed the government’s deliberate concealment of the link between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) and a sharply increased risk of autism, particularly in African American boys. Other studies now show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism. Kids who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are more likely to have autism as are children whose mothers smoked. And the research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs, and mercury may alter brain functioning even before a child is born. (For tips on avoiding environmental exposures, take a look at this checklist.)

Many children with ASD also experience gastrointestinal problems. They have significantly different gut flora compared to those that do not have ASD. Researchers suspect that the ASD child’s gut microbiome—and its trillions of bacteria that are integral to human health—becomes compromised early in life. This disruption, combined with environmental exposures and genetic factors, creates the “perfect storm” for ASD to develop. It is also worth remembering that children delivered by surgery do not pick up their mother’s friendly vaginal bacteria which can also have significant negative consequences.

Research is also increasingly demonstrating the connection between the gut and the brain. One particular gut bacterium has been found in smaller quantities in children with ASD. When fed to mice with symptoms similar to autism in humans, their behavior improved. The mice became less anxious, communicated more with other mice, and showed less repetitive behavior.

In addition, Dr. Mercola reports that a diet high in good-quality fats that also restricts things like sugar, gluten, and grains may bring about tremendous improvement in kids with ASD.

Much more research must be done to confirm the gut-brain connection, and turn it into treatments, but early results are encouraging. Even mainstream medicine is gradually and reluctantly starting to embrace the importance of the gut microbiome to human health after decades of ignoring it or undermining it with antibiotics and other drugs such as acid blockers among many others.

 

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